Small Business Resources

In addition to the City's Economic Development Department, dozens of local organizations offer resources, support and incentives for entrepreneurs:

Appalachian Council of Government 

A voluntary organization of local governments that provides small business loans, economic and demographic research and analysis, mapping services, and technical assistance on financing, marketing and management. 
Contact: Dirk Reis, (864) 241-4644, reis@scacog.org or Steve Pelissier, (864) 241-4643, pelissier@scacog.org

Appalachian Development Corporation

A voluntary organization of local governments that provides small business loans, economic and demographic research and analysis, mapping services, and technical assistance on financing, marketing and management. 
Contact: Dave Mueller, (864) 382-2351, mueller@appalachiandevelopmentcorp.com

Better Business Bureau Upstate 

A non-profit organization that provides information on over 2.5 million businesses nationwide, resolving issues between businesses and consumers, and monitoring charity groups. 
Contact: Vee Daniel, (864) 242-5052, info@greenvillebbb.org

BCI Lending (Formerly Business Carolina)

A not-for-profit, statewide finance institution that provides a variety of lending programs designed to fill gaps in private funding especially for businesses in rural and distressed areas. 
Contact Logan Bagley: (864) 787-2715, lbagley@bcilending.com

Business Development Corporation/Certified Development Corporation 

The SC Capital Access Program is designed to provide financial institutions in South Carolina a flexible method of making business loans that may not meet conventional underwriting standards. 
Contact: (803) 798-4064 or mail@BDCofSC.org

Department of Rural Development Spartanburg

An agency of the US Department of Agriculture that provides commercial lending services and renewable energy and energy efficiency programs for agriculture producers and rural small businesses. 

FastTrac South Carolina

A privately funded non-profit organization that offers business training programs for refining and writing business plans and growing sustainable high-impact companies. Programs combine one-on-one coaching, peer learning, guest speakers and comprehensive tools to help produce solid business plans and strategies. 
Contact: Mary Dickerson, (803) 805-3110, mdickerson@charlestonchamber.org

Hub City Farmers Market

Monthly farmer’s market operating from June to November provides business opportunities for local farmers and artisans. 
Contact: Brendan Buttimer, (864) 585-0905, hcfm@hubcityfm.org

Minority Women Business Enterprise 

A registration program of the City of Spartanburg that provides minorities and women equal opportunity for participating in the City’s contracting and procurement processes. 
Contact: Carl Wright, (864) 596-2790, cwright@cityofspartanburg.org

New Carolina - South Carolina's Council on Competitiveness

A public-private partnership that seeks to develop and drive the state’s long-term economic strategy by working with companies, government, universities, economic development organizations, and other groups to identify and implement actions and policies that will boost the competitiveness of South Carolina firms. 
Contact: Laura McKinney at (803) 760-1404 or lmckinney@newcarolina.org

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)  

A branch of the Small Business Administration that provides small business mentoring and advice on a full range of business topics at no charge. 
Contact: (864) 271-3638, www.piedmontscore.com

SC Business One Stop (SCBOS)

A collaborative website of state, federal and private agencies, including DHEC, Department of Revenue and the Secretary of State, that offers electronic registrations, licenses, permits, and tax filings, as well links to a variety of sources and information for doing business in South Carolina. 
Contact: (803) 898-5690

SC Department of Commerce 

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The South Carolina Department of Commerce aims to recruit new businesses to the state and help existing businesses grow and flourish. Additionally, Commerce assists companies in locating buildings and sites in which to operate and offers grants for community development and infrastructure improvements in South Carolina. 
Contact: (803) 737-0400

SC Launch!

A collaboration between SCRA, a non-profit management company, Clemson University, University of South Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina that provides funding, counseling, mentoring, assistance with business plans and marketing analysis, access to resource partners, and networking opportunities for knowledge economy-based businesses. 
Contact: (803) 733-9070

SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership

An affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technologies that provides business and technology support to manufacturers through onsite consultations, partnerships with state technical colleges, research universities, and the S.C. Department of Commerce. Services include educational programs, online assessment, an e-services portal, and other business tools. 
Contact: (803) 252-6976, info@scmep.org

SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce 

A statewide advocacy organization representing the general interests of small business in state and local government. 
Contact: Frank Knapp, (803) 252.5733, sbchamber@scsbc.org

South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce 

A state agency that assists employers in areas such as worker recruitment, employee training, labor force information, unemployment insurance, and job tax credits. 
Contact: (864) 573-7525

Spartanburg Development Corporation

A affiliation of the City of Spartanburg that provides small business loans, local property and development activity data, and assistance in doing business in the City. 
Contact: Patty Bock, (864) 596-2972, pbock@cityofspartanburg.org

Spartanburg Area Small Business Development Center 

A part of Clemson University providing one-on-one consulting services and special interest business seminars to small and medium enterprises in the Spartanburg Area. 
Contact: Elizabeth Smith, es2@clemson.edu and (864) 592-6318
 

Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce 

A non-profit organization that forms partnerships in marketing member businesses, planning community organizations, networking and enhancing business relationships. 

Contact: (864) 594-5000

Spartanburg Community College

A community college that offers training, continuing education, and professional certification programs. 

Contact: (864) 592-6204, sbi@sccsc.edu

Spartanburg County Libraries

Public library system that offers access to computers, wireless internet, meeting rooms, business journals and databases, computer classes and a variety of other services to business professionals. 
Contact: (864) 596-3505

Upstate Workforce Investment Board 

A Department of Labor funded organization that provides employers a ready pool of applicants and a point of contact to obtain other services such as recruiting and hiring, employee training and skills upgrade, human resources, fax and email services, customized training, workforce roundtables, registered apprenticeship training, and labor market information. 
Contact: Ann Angermeier, (864) 596-2028, angermeier@upstatewib.org

Urban League of the Upstate 

A non-profit organization that provides programs for minorities and financially disadvantaged individuals including financial literacy workshops, small business development courses, and match savings programs for start-up capital. 
Contact: (864) 562-4400

Michelin Development Corporation

Michelin Development provides low interest loans and access to business expertise with the goal of creating quality sustainable jobs and promoting economic growth. For more information on the program, watch the video below.

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